[Gllug] 2.4.15

David Damerell damerell at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Fri Nov 23 18:21:16 UTC 2001

On , 23 Nov 2001, Nick Mailer wrote:
>On Fri, 2001-11-23 at 16:20, David Damerell wrote:
>>It's a great tool relative to what the RH boys have, but it's pretty
>>broken by Debian's standards; it was written with a fairly fundamental
>>misunderstanding of how dpkg works.
>Quite. Hence my question. The whole point about apt and dpkg is that
>they work well together to resolve and automatically hold back/untangle

Only they don't, sadly; they sort of fight each other. apt is less
painful as a method for dselect, since dselect understands dpkg; but
even so, it isn't really write.

In particular, apt really doesn't handle the information about the
desired state of packages gracefully.

David Damerell <damerell at chiark.greenend.org.uk> flcl?

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